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North Face(Nordwand)

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Germany, Austria, Switzerland

2008

2h 6m

Director Philipp Stölzl

Starring Benno Fürmann, Florian Lukas, Johanna Wokalek, Georg Friedrich

Genre Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller

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In 1936, two German climbers compete to scale the biggest north face in the Alps, that of the Eiger, facing growing pressure from Nazi propoganda to be the first to ascend the deadly site yet unconquered. A suspenseful adventure film about two men’s courage and strength based on a true story.

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70

Village Voice by

Director Philipp Stölzl makes the movie a tad more political (i.e., anti-Nazi) than it needs to be, but Fürmann's stoic performance reduces the story to its harsh, true fundamentals.
90

Los Angeles Times by Betsy Sharkey

This is a film done right by just about every measure. The extremes of the story seep deep into your bones -- the beauty, the allure, the desperation and especially the cold in this world where life literally hangs on rope and what Mother Nature chooses to throw at you.
60

Time Out by Keith Uhlich

All the retroactively enlightened symbolism gets monotonous, and reaches an absurd apex with the introduction of a party-line newspaperman played by that scowling emblem of Teutonic depravity, Ulrich Tukur.
70

The Hollywood Reporter by Kirk Honeycutt

More than delivers on the excitement and terror of this existential flirtation with one's own mortality. Where it falters is trying to link this event to Nazi-era politics and a feeble love story.
67

Portland Oregonian by M. E. Russell

The movie's still quite affecting -- in part because of its simple, old-school earnestness, but mostly because Stolzl does white-knuckle work behind the camera to make you feel the height, pain and awe of the grueling ascent, and the bottomless terror and exhaustion after everything goes horribly, horribly wrong.
58

The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

The historical backdrop is fascinating and an important part of this story, but there’s a pervasive sense that director Philipp Stölzl and his screenwriters soft-pedal it as much as possible in order to exalt their heroes.
80

The New York Times by Stephen Holden

Transfixing in the way that well-told life-and-death adventure tales inevitably are. It is the film’s more mundane elements -- an awkward, under-nourished love story and half-baked politics -- that are problematic.
50

New York Post by V.A. Musetto

At some two hours, the film is 30 minutes too long. Cutting out the melodrama and sticking with the daring-do is the answer.

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